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5 Ways To Turn Extra Food Into Something New

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Food waste is a real pain in the neck for the world. By 2050, the world needs to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people. However, 25% of crop yield may reduce due to climate change. Most of the supermarkets, food manufacturing companies, restaurants, municipalities and the federal government start adopting practices and strategies for reducing food waste. It is also important for us to reduce food waste in our own kitchens!

 

Here are 5 examples of giving a new life to food waste:

 

1. Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple peels and cores always get left every time when you ate an apple. Instead of throwing them away, you can actually make them into homemade apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar can be easily made with apple scraps, sugar and water. It does take two weeks to ferment, but all great things take time! You can enjoy a jar of apple cider vinegar thereafter. Most importantly, it costs you nothing while combats food waste at the same time!

 

 

2. Banana Ice Cream

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Bananas ripen within a few days. A lot of us won’t eat overripe bananas simply because they don’t look to good, taste too great and they’re extra mushy. But you can simply turn that into your very own homemade  banana ice cream! Freeze the overripe bananas overnight and blend them using blender or food processor to make delicious ice cream. Thanks to the high pectin content in bananas, the ice cream is creamy and rich. And yes, you only need one ingredient to make it. But of course, you can get creative and add other ingredients like peanut butter or chocolate chips to bring your ice cream up a level.

 

3. Rice Pudding

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We usually cook fried rice using our leftover rice. Do you know leftover cooked rice can be transformed into dessert too? With an equal part of leftover rice and milk, you can simmer it in a pot with constant stirring until it boils. Add any form of sweetener (like honey or sugar) if you like your desserts sweet and top off with cinnamon, cocoa powder or.. anything you fancy! The rice pudding can be served cold or right after cooking and you can keep your rice pudding in fridge for about 4 days.

 

4. Okara Patties

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Okara is the residue of making soy milk and tofu – it contains a high amount of protein (40% on a dry weight basis) with good essential amino acid profile and digestibility. In simpler words, it’s a great substitute for meat. Simply mix the dried and mashed okara with flour and some seasoning and shape them into the shape of patties. You can bake or fry the patties upon your preference. Other than reducing food waste, you are saving the environment by going meatless!

 

5. Pickled foods

Pickling is a food preservation method that has been around and utilised for years by many different cultures. So it’s a no brainer to pickle leftover food at home to reduce food waste – you can pickle any surplus fruits and vegetables you have before waiting for them to turn bad. All you need is some vinegar, sugar, salt and water for your pickling liquid and you’re free to pickle whatever produce you want! Alternatively, you can also get your own jar of our Grub Homemade Kimchi, selling at only RM9.00 a jar.

 

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9 ways to avoid food wastage at home

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Food waste is the huge issue in the world. Indeed, according FAO (Food and Agriculture organisation – United Nations), more than 41,200 kgs of food is thrown every seconds in the world. This means that 1.3 billion tons of food by year i.e 1/3 of food destined to human consumption would be wasted. FAO estimates that this food waste represents 900 billions dollars every year!

Below are 9 smart ways to waste less food and save money easily.

1. Buy smart, buy well

It might sound simple, but this tip is probably one of the best ways to prevent food waste. When you’re out grocery shopping, make sure to not buy in excess. Take note of food purchases you didn’t manage to finish in the past and buy less the next time. It helps to have a shopping list of necessities and actually stick to it. Discipline is key!

2. When cooking, cook the right quantities

Yeeeep, we may really love our food but let’s not cook in excess quantities. Using small plates to serve can be a good idea to limit having to big portions and not finishing our plates.

 

3. Don’t throw away excess food: keep it and eat it later

Sometimes we have trouble estimating how much pasta to cook for dinner and end up cooking too much, don’t throw it away but store it in your fridge for later! It helps to label your leftovers with a date to help remind you to consume it before it goes bad. Additionally, you can incorporate your leftovers into a routine! “On Wednesdays, we eat leftovers!”

 

4. Store your food in the right places

Different types of food need to be stored differently – certain fruits or vegetables don’t need to be stored in the fridge, and some pantry items need to be kept in a cool dark place. For better preservation, meats should be placed at the top of the fridge (or freezer) and the vegetables in the bottom compartments.

 

5. Organise your fridge

Right after your recent grocery run, organise your fridge so that older products are placed in front and new ones behind. It’s so easy to forget about what is in the fridge, especially when you can’t see it. By arranging your items in your fridge, it’ll help prevent you from forgetting any older food items in your fridge and makes sure that they are consumed!

 

6. Don’t only trust the date, but also your senses

If a product smells bad or has a different smell, it certainly isn’t good anymore. The date does not assure everything, even if it remains a good way to know if the product is edible or not. Certain products are “good” even after it’s best before date, but to be sure, have a look and a sniff. Trust your senses!

 

7. Freeze fruits or vegetables

This method allows you to keep them in perfect condition for ten months at the most. Wash your produce well, dry with a kitchen towel and store them in a ziplock bag or any container. It’s not necessary to defrost before cooking your vegetables either. Frozen fruits also are a great ingredient to include in smoothies. Just freeze any ripe fruit (like bananas or berries) and pop them into a blender when making a smoothie!

 

8. Convert food waste into compost!

If you’re into gardening, you can use certain types of food to make compost! But all the food cannot be transformed, and it is necessary not to think “it doesn’t matter if that wastes, it will become some compost”. The less you have of compost to be made and the more you prevent the wasting!

 

9. Give it away to someone who will eat it

Before food becomes inedible, and you know that you aren’t gonna consume it before it expires, think of giving your food to those who really need it. Check for NGOs in your area that would accept such gifts. Or any of your friends that just really loves food!

 

Food waste is a big issue, and these tips can be really useful to limit the consequences in your home!

Rebecca